FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Kristian Ipsen (Clayton, Calif.) and Brittany Viola (Orlando, Fla.) lead the men’s 3-meter and women’s 10-meter standings after Wednesday’s preliminary and semifinal rounds at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials. Ipsen takes a 39.60-point lead into Sunday’s final, while Viola carries a 30.55-point advantage. The top two finishers on each event will earn spots on the Olympic team.
Ipsen finished 993.80 points on his two lists of 3-meter dives, while his synchro partner Troy Dumais (Ventura, Calif.) is in second with 954.20 points, just 3.05 points ahead of Chris Colwill (Brandon, Fla.).
Ipsen, who led by 46.20 points after the preliminaries, had his lead cut to 17.15 after he missed his inward 3 ½ tuck for just 49.30 points in round three of the semifinals. He bounced back to score no lower than 86.70 points on each of his three remaining dives, including 91.80 points on his front 2 ½ with 2 twists in round four.
“I think I did pretty well today. I don’t usually do as well in high-pressure situations. I missed my third round dive but I didn’t let it phase me,” the 19-year-old Ipsen said.
Colwill, who was in third after prelims, jumped into second place after an 88.40-point effort on his front 2 ½ with 2 twists in the third round of the semifinals, but Dumais regained the second spot in round four after he picked up 86.70 points on his inward 3 ½ tuck.
Viola scored 734.30 points on her two 10-meter lists to lead heading into finals. In the preliminaries, she scored no lower than 72 points on any dive, including a front 3 ½ pike and an armstand double back somersault with 1 ½ twists that both went for more than 80 points. In semifinals, she opened up with a 10 on her front 3 ½ pike for 82.50 points and followed with 88 points on her armstand.
“Something about this competition just gets your heart pumping. I’m going to bring the same focus and enjoyment into the finals,” Viola said.
Katie Bell (Columbus, Ohio) is in second with 703.75 points despite getting off to a slow start in prelims. She earned just 55.50 points on her opening dive, a front 3 ½ pike that put her in 19th place after the first round. She slowly climbed up the standings, much in part to 76.80 points on her inward 3 ½ tuck in round three and 78.40 points on her back 2 ½ with 1 ½ twists in round five on the prelims to head into the semis in second. She started off with 9s and 9.5s on her first two dives in the semis and was consistent throughout the evening.
“After prelims, I went home and took a nap and started my routine as a new day this evening. I didn’t feel like I had to do anything special; I just needed to be relaxed,” Bell said.
The Trials continue through Sunday, June 24. The first finals are Thursday, with competition in women’s synchronized 3-meter and men’s synchronized 10-meter on tap.